Daily Bible Reading – Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 114

Prayer Point. We are called to both fear and love God as Israel did. Psalm 114 explains why. It is the power of God that causes the earth to tremble, but it is that same power that breaks the power of oppression and sets us free. Pray that God will fill you with a reverent fear of his power, but also gratitude that this same power rescued us from slavery to sin and death.

Mark 16:9-20

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to guide you.

Background. Women were so lightly regarded that their testimony was disallowed in Jewish courts. Why do you think Jesus chose Mary Magdalene to be first to see him resurrected? How did the disciples receive her testimony? Did the testimony of the two additional disciples in verses 12-13 convince them?

Jesus is clearly upset by his disciples’ refusal to believe, but how do we know that he still accepts them? What mission does he give his unbelieving disciples? Why do think Jesus picks them? Was it because of their extraordinary faith? What hope does this give us who are also entrusted with the same mission?

The disciples begin to carry out Jesus’ instructions once he returns to heaven. How is it that this group of scared unbelieving disciples were able to fulfill such a difficult mission?

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. What is God asking me to do?
  • Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.
  • Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

1 Corinthians 15:12-28

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to guide you.

Background.  Apparently some in Corinth preached against the idea of the resurrection from the dead. How central is resurrection to the Christian faith? What are we left with without resurrection?

Paul refers to Jesus as the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (15:20) “Fallen asleep” was the term early Christians used to refer to physical death, emphasizing its temporary nature. For Jesus to be the “firstfruit” of those who have been raised from the dead, means that Jesus is the first resurrected human being with a new, perfect, imperishable body. If you want to know what your resurrected body will be like, take a look at Jesus in John 20.
Jesus as the“second Adam” is an important theme in 1 Corinthians. Notice how he compares and contrasts Jesus to Adam.

Through Adam all _______________________. Through Christ (the second Adam) all will be _________________. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

Why must all things be put under Christ’s feet? What will Jesus do once this happens?

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. What is God asking me to do?
  • Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.
  • Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Exodus 12:28-39

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to guide you.

Background. “The Hebrew title [of this book], ‘Names,’ is taken from the first line of the text, ‘These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob.’” (ESV Study Bible introduction to Exodus)  P. 139.

What does “Exodus” mean and where does it come from?  This word one can look up in the dictionary.  (“Exodus” means to go out.  This is the title of the second book of Moses in the Septuagint.)

What is Pharaoh’s directive to Moses and Aaron? (“During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Up!  Leave my people, you and the Israelites!  Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.  Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go.  And also bless me.” (Exodus 12:31-32 NIV))

Why do the “common” Egyptians urge the Hebrews to leave?  (“The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country.  ‘For otherwise,’ they said, ‘we will all die!’” (Exodus 12:33 NIV)

What do the Israelites ask of the Egyptians?  What is the Egyptian response?  Why? (See verse 36.)  (The Israelites “asked of the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing for the LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.” (Exodus 12:35-36 NIV))

How is the horde of Israelites described (i.e., how many of them left Egypt)?  This same terminology can be found in the gospels.  (There were 600,000 men on foot besides women and children. (v. 12:37))

Can you see in this passage where the LORD displays a lack of trust in the people?    (“So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading trough wrapped in clothing.” (Exodus 12:34 NIV)  It appears to me that the “rush” that the people were in prevented them from using leaven in the dough.)

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. What is God asking me to do?
  • Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.
  • Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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